The number of ex-servicemen in our prisons is increasing. In fact military veterans now constitute the largest occupational group in the British prison system.
Psychiatrists and criminologists are battling to understand this worrying trend that some say it is just the tip of an iceberg. So why do ex-servicemen run a greater risk of falling foul of the law? Is it the brutalising effect of war, the hardened self-image, the macho do-or-die ethos, the predisposition to confront a threat? Is this why most ex-servicemen in jail or on probation have committed a violent crime or a sexual crime?
Chris Terrill, the only military trained documentary maker in Britain, immerses himself in the often sad and lonely world of the veteran to investigate this worrying phenomenon. What he finds is both shocking and surprising. Produced, directed and filmed by Chris Terrill.
Executive producer Christine Hall ».
Chris Terrill has told thenextposting.com that the final two programmes in the series are yet to be scheduled by Channel 5, but should be aired later this year.
Is violent offending among UK military personnel a problem?
Does the current situation fly in the face of the military covenant?
Presenters will explain the important facts and issues associated with this emotive and misrepresented group.